ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENDERS MURDERED
Environmental and Indigenous peoples’ rights defenders Bruno Pereira and Dom Phillips have been murdered.
Environmental and Indigenous peoples’ rights defenders Bruno Pereira and Dom Phillips were reported missing on 5 June, after last being seen in the Javari Valley, in the Brazilian Amazon, near the borders with Colombia and Peru.
On 15 June, the Federal Police reported that one of the two people arrested on suspicion of involvement in their disappearances confessed to having murdered them, and that remains found in the forest had been forwarded to forensics. Authorities made stigmatizing statements against Bruno and Dom, issued contradictory information, and conducted a belated investigation without sufficient resources or transparency.
They had received death threats in recent days, according to local organisation Union of Indigenous Peoples of the Javari Valley (Univaja).
They were traveling through the Javari Valley in order to visit and interview an Indigenous Vigilance team, organised to ensure the protection and environmental preservation of the reserve lands.
We urge the General Prosecutor of the Republic to guarantee a prompt, thorough, impartial, and independent investigation into this case, and bring those suspected of criminal responsibility to justice.